Glenn Close Latest To Join ‘Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery’

Eight time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (Heart of Stone) is the newest addition to the cast of Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, the third film in the Knives Out franchise from writer-director Rian Johnson, Deadline can confirm.

Details as to her role are under wraps, as is the plot of the threequel. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc, with Josh O’Connor, Cailee Spaeny, Andrew Scott and Kerry Washington also on board. Production kicks off this month, with the film to launch sometime in 2025.

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A contemporary revival of the murder mystery genre, the Knives Out franchise centers on the investigations of Craig’s character, Blanc. The series of launched with Johnson’s 2019 whodunit of the same name, starring Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer and more, which grossed over $310 million worldwide. Following the popularity of the first film, which landed an Oscar nomination for its screenplay, Netflix acquired the rights to produce two sequels for $450 million — the first of which, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, was released in 2022.

Johnson is directing Wake Up Dead Man from his own script, also producing alongside partner Ram Bergman for T-Street.

Most recently seen in Netflix’s action flick Heart of Stone with Gal Gadot, as well as the Apple series The New Look and Tehran, Close has a packed slate at the moment which also includes Lee Daniels’ Netflix horror pic The Deliverance and action comedy Back in Action, and the action comedy Brothers recently acquired by Amazon MGM Studios, among other titles. News of her Knives Out casting was first reported by THR.

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